Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

2nd Friday of each month from September to June
8:00 - 9:30am
Breakfast will be served starting at 7:30
Venue: James Laughlin Music Hall, Chatham University (campus map)
Cost: $25.00 per breakfast

Non-Chatham Student and Veteran's Rate: $12.00 with valid student ID. Email pdecker@chatham.edu to register.

The Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series features prominent regional women business leaders speaking on a variety of progressive business topics. Casual networking and a continental breakfast precede engaging and interactive presentations on topics essential for women in business such as innovative entrepreneurship, strategic business growth, unique marketing strategies, and logistical business planning.

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Additional support for the Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series has been provided by the Alcoa Foundation.

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Upcoming Dates & Speakers

Friday, September 12
"The Business of Making: Strategies for Success from Startup to Exit"

For the last decade, investors, media, and those who follow technology have been focused almost entirely on software. More recently, the buzz has shifted from software to hardware and manufactured products. Ilana Diamond will discuss why Pittsburgh businesses are perfectly positioned to take advantage of the renewed interest in physical products, how small businesses & manufacturers can get involved, and what resources are available to help physical product founders get their products from idea to market.

Ilana Diamond

Ilana Diamond

Managing Director, AlphaLab Gear
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Friday, October 10
"Startup Funding Workshop"

This panel session of the Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series features a discussion with local nonprofit lenders followed by individual sessions with lending representatives to talk about specific financing needs.

Participating Organizations:

Bridgeway Capital
Southwestern PA Commission
KIVA Zip Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Dept M/W/DBE
Allegheny County Economic Development

 

Friday, November 14
"Educating Consumers on the Value of your Business: Strategies for Growth"

Carla Castagnero grew her small startup into an industry leader in composting through a long and tireless campaign of consumer education on the process and benefits of her products as well as sound business decisions and innovative manufacturing. Most people associate composting with a bin in their neighbor’s backyard, or something farmers do. Today, composting is a large scale manufacturing process producing refined, finished products that have the ability to transform the biological, chemical, and physical properties of American soil. AgRecycle is one of the oldest and most successful composting companies in the US, with clients such as the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Carla Castagnero

Carla Castagnero

Co-Founder, AgRecycle
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Friday, December 12
"Embracing Risks, Filling a Void, Knowing When to Walk Away: the Makings of the Successful Business"

The wine industry can be both risky and capricious, and Deb Mortillaro manages both well. She will talk about how to use the difficulties of any industry and turn those difficulties into opportunities for profitable business, by both examining the rules and by filling a need: even if you have to take your business in a new direction! She’ll also give straight advice about when to do it, when to walk away, and how not to be afraid of either decision.

Deb Mortillaro

Deb Mortillaro

Partner, Dreadnought Wines
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* CWE Registration Fees are fully refundable up to 48 hours before the start of the program/event. Fees of registrants who fail to provide 48 hours of notice and do not attend the program/event will be considered non-refundable.